A Champion Among Us – Denise Shackleton

Every nonprofit has its champions – people who donate, serve on the board, serve on committees, chair events, volunteer, support and teach the program, and advocate for the cause. Art in Action has always been fortunate to have many champions, all of whom have been a cornerstone of our success.

According to Lori Rhodes, our current Board Co-Chair, “Sometimes a very special kind of champion comes into an organization like ours and has a profound impact on the entire organization. Denise Shackleton has been just this kind of champion for Art in Action for over a decade. She has worked tirelessly in every leadership role within our organization with wisdom and grace.”

We owe a world of gratitude to Denise, her husband Woody, and her entire family and will continue our efforts to mirror their passion and commitment. As we embark on our MOVEMENT to bring art to more children than ever before, the Shackleton family inspires us to focus our efforts on the vision that EVERY child deserves art because children flourish when imagination and creativity drive learning. The more great art programs we can offer, the more we can transform lives, making us all healthier, happier, and more compassionate and fun-loving human beings.

Meet our Corporate Partner – Box

Art in Action was the featured nonprofit organization at the BoxWorks 2015 conference in San Francisco, CA. In addition to the visibility gained in the tech community through this partnership, we connected with conference attendees by providing them with the opportunity to learn about how we bring art to kids. With much enthusiasm, they assembled ARTboxes for our schools and wrote encouraging notes to the students that were included in the boxes. We are grateful for their support and look forward to additional collaborations.

Our Reach in Low-Income Schools Grows Thanks to our Funding Partners

Through another year of generous support from the Adobe Foundation, Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Palo Alto Community Fund, and Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund 2,500 underserved students in East Palo Alto, San Jose, and Redwood City are getting the arts education they deserve.

New funders this year included the Intero Foundation, Sares/Regis Group, and the Quest Foundation which helped us reach even more students in Bay Area Title I schools.

We expanded our reach beyond the Bay Area to Monterey County thanks to a partnership between the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation and Salinas City Elementary School District. The partnership enabled us to provide educational equity district-wide to all 600 students in their after-school program. According to Salinas City After-School Program Manager, Kristi Burns, “We were looking for a comprehensive art program that was easy to implement in all our schools and we found this in the Art in Action Program. The kids really love it and always look forward to the lessons.”

We are grateful for the support of our donors, volunteers and school communities that helped us reach a record number of students this past year while investing in the quality and experience of the program through new initiatives.

Art in Action ended the 2015–2016 fiscal year with a modest surplus on a budget of $1.1 million. Earned income from Programs grew 8% over the prior year. Revenue from our special event, OBJECT:ART, increased 26% year-over-year.

Development of New Curriculum

To honor cultural sensitivity, two lessons featuring sacred Native American objects were revised with input from a docent and a Zuni Pueblo Stanford University student. In the Kindergarten program we developed the Zuni Water Jar inspired by Zuni ceramic artists, replacing the lesson inspired by Zuni Kachina, objects used in sacred rituals. In first grade, students create clay animals based on Native American Tlingit art, replacing the sacred Tlingit rattle.

This spring we forged an exciting and progressive partnership with the Mobile Art Academy to create digital art curricula from our lessons on Van Gogh, Miró, Cezanne, Braque and Stella in program levels K through 3, and 8. Lessons will be ready for classroom use in the Fall of 2017.

After-School Programs

Art in Action’s outreach hit a new level this year by serving thousands of students in after-school programs. AlphaBEST, an afterschool and summer program headquartered in Lewisville, NC, is providing 12,650 students in 253 schools with our program. “We are thrilled we are able to give art to so many kids in this unique after-school program.” AlphaBEST Education CEO Judy Nee said, “As a leading provider of after school and summer enrichment programs, AlphaBEST Education was seeking a partner arts organization to provide engaging and educational arts curriculum. After researching programs all over the country, we found that Art in Action more than meets our needs. The program will add a new level of academically-enriched offerings that our students will love.”

Other after-school programs using Art in Action include City Year of San Jose/Silicon Valley and the Youth Policy Institute of Los Angeles.

Art and Science Blend to Inspire Students at Playa Vista

A hallmark of Art in Action is the flexibility it gives schools to tailor the program to fit their needs while retaining the benefits of an impactful curriculum. Playa Vista, a TK-5 school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, is one of those schools. They selected Art in Action as the school’s first comprehensive parent-taught art program because of the breadth and diversity of the curriculum. While the academic focus of the school is STEM, parent and Art in Action school coordinator Sunita Sunir worked with the principal and a science curriculum writer to integrate Art in Action with grade-level science curriculum. For instance, the Kindergarten class used our second-grade lesson inspired by Kirchner’s Hockey Players to support the learning about forces of motion; the third-grade Van Gogh Starry Night lesson turned out to be perfect to help first-grade students discuss patterns in space (like orbits); and students focused on principles of biomimicry through our first grade Banda Mask project.


OBJECT:ART 2016 was a night to remember! We heard stories about how art impacts people...from Emcee Mindi Bach talking about what having art at her kids’ school means to our Founder Judy Sleeth who saw the number of people in the audience carrying her work forward... to the third graders that were painting in the style of Google Doodler Dennis Hwang describing his research into the art and philanthropy of a football Art Visionary Award recipient Vernon Davis revealing how art has been integral to his life. We thank our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and friends who made the night such a success and raised a record amount – over $200,000 to help us make sure all kids have the arts education they deserve.

We Love our Volunteers

We love One Brick! For over 9 years, dedicated One Brick volunteers have been volunteering with us once or twice a month. They have packed thousands of boxes of art materials, painted our office, and helped with our annual fundraising event. We couldn’t pack and ship our 19 tons of art materials nationwide without them!

Other corporate volunteers include Cisco, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Girl Scouts, National Charity League, and Yahoo!

Our Donors


  • Adobe Foundation
  • Rick and Melinda Reed of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Shackleton Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation


  • Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
  • Elizabeth Grover
  • Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation
  • Palo Alto Community Fund
  • Judy and Wally Sleeth


  • Box, Inc.
  • Anne Dauer
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Ruth and Jeffrey Housenbold
  • Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trust of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Intero Foundation
  • Janet Larson
  • Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Quest Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Pushpa Zalawadia and Sharad Patel


  • Bryon and Rachel Botsford
  • Dennis and Renee Capovilla of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Mary and Greg Carbullido
  • Joanne Curley and Cormac Kissane
  • Anne and Gerald Down Charitable Fund
  • Genentech USA
  • Cheryl and Steve Glaiser
  • Suzanne Kline and Paul Katz
  • Leslie Ashton Martel
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Lori and Dave Rhodes
  • Seiler LLP
  • Rodney Toy
  • Wells Fargo Bank


  • Terri D. Bullock Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Anne Campbell and Michelle Green
  • Karen and Ed Canty, Jr.
  • Carsten-Ellis Memorial Fund of the Schwab Charitable Fund
  • Cisco Community Connection through JustGive
  • Howard and Diane Crittenden III
  • Jeffrey Dollinger
  • Nargues and Christian Eder
  • Mary and Gary Ellison
  • Safeway Foundation
  • Malou Gemeniano
  • Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation
  • Nancy and Max Gisko
  • Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin
  • Marcy and Mike Hawkins
  • Tonya Kaufman
  • Denise Kupperman and Roger Schwab
  • Bronwyn and Barry Lewis
  • Janet McKercher
  • Lisa and Danforth Miller
  • Jo Sauer Mitchell
  • Barbara and Chuck Preuss
  • Anne and Dan Rudolph
  • Julie and Colin Savage
  • The Melind John Charitable Gift Fund of the Schwab Charitable Fund
  • The Studio Shop
  • Shannon and Jim Thompson
  • Lisa and Steve Tsuruoka
  • Judy and Gerron Vartan
  • Tracey Won through Adobe Matching Gifts
  • Woodcraft
  • Xilinx Community Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Yahoo Employee Foundation of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Kim Zamboldi


  • Anonymous (9)
  • Peg and Frank Austin
  • Ashvini Bhave
  • Kelly and Fernando Bravo
  • Carolyn Brennan
  • Paul Canty
  • Howard Chow
  • Susan and Pat Coan
  • Kim Cooper
  • Margaret Errington
  • Gisko Family Fund of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
  • Roderick Hsiao
  • Barbara and Dave Karlin
  • Barbara Kitchen
  • Cathy and Jim Koshland
  • Kathy and Mike Ladra
  • Susan Kay Lang
  • Anne Lynde
  • Nancy Painter
  • Jennifer Perazzo
  • Alison and Matt Poirier
  • Larena and Marco Rodriguez
  • Don and Sue Rose
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Stiefel Foundation, Inc.
  • Libby and Ron Utecht
  • Tracy and Perry Weatherby
  • Drewry Wolf


  • Lorne Abramson and Elana Lieberman of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Scott Allen
  • Apple Matching Gift through The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Virginia and Ron Barasch
  • Willow and Jay Bechtel
  • Marla Becker-Lipton and Daniel Lipton
  • Jane and Peter Carpenter
  • Mark Cason
  • Linda Catura
  • Kristine Collins
  • Ned Engle
  • Cristiana Freed
  • Anne and Neil Garfinkel
  • Jim and Marilyn Garrison
  • Maria and Mark Geenen
  • Janie Hayden
  • Kurt and Sue Jaggers of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Holly Klingel and Stan Barnes
  • Linda Knoll
  • Susan Lazarus through the United Way of the Bay Area
  • Jonathan Leong
  • Ann Lewnes
  • Heather and Peter Macdonald
  • Stephani Martin and Gianpaolo Esposito
  • Helen Matthews
  • Cori McKenzie
  • Palmer Family of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Yuri Payton-Miyazaki
  • Sally and Russ Porter
  • Maggie and Tom Rancatore
  • Elsa Schafer Raval
  • Barbara and Ron Reis
  • Sue Schlesinger
  • Elizabeth Sevilla
  • Howard and Sue Slayen
  • Michelle and Paul Speert
  • Danielle Sunshine
  • The Mathews Living Trust
  • Jennifer Young
  • Lisa and William Zachry
  • Jessica Zander


  • Caroline Abellar
  • Cathy Baird
  • Linda and John Barnes
  • Lynn and Bob Bastida
  • Bill and Kay Bates
  • Nancy and Penn Butler
  • Mary Rose Cafiero
  • Jim Caldwell
  • Kathleen Cattani
  • Sherry Chan
  • Emmeline Chuang
  • Michael Chun
  • Nicola Clark
  • Charley Clark and Toni Wrenn
  • Alison Cormack and Thomas Kuhnle
  • Michael and Patricia Cremer
  • Amy and Jeff Crowe
  • Gail De Bellis
  • Leslie Doyle
  • John and Alison Draper
  • John Draper
  • Edwina Duffy
  • Lynn Duncan through YourCause
  • Dione Duran
  • Pam Ellison
  • Kaela Fine and Paul Loewenstein
  • Jeffrey Fried
  • Joyce and Jay Friedrichs of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Genentech of the The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Meredith Gibbons
  • Google Inc. of the The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Lynne Griffiths
  • Mary Jane Grow
  • Betsy Halaby
  • Marcia Hansen
  • Belinda Hanson
  • Mavis Harrison
  • Calvin Ho
  • Sou Ho
  • Bruce Hodge through Adobe Matching Gifts
  • Sally and Tim Howard
  • Lincoln Howell and Barbara Bissell Howell
  • Susan Huetteman
  • Donna Ito and Jozef Ruck
  • Jacque and John Jarve
  • Nitin Jindal
  • Urmila John
  • Stanley Karp III and Cathy Baird
  • Yumiko and Thomas Kelley
  • Katy Kuo Korsmeyer
  • Gloria and Lester Laterza
  • Roberta Lehtinen
  • Carol and Hal Louchheim of the Schwab Charitable Fund
  • Danielle Lutticken through the The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Maria Lynch
  • Peter Margolis
  • Michele McNellis
  • Jan and Phil Meyer
  • Lisa Miller
  • Polly Moore
  • Wendy and Craig Nishizaki
  • Wendy and John O’Malley
  • Laura Olson
  • Oracle Corporation through the The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Gina Parks
  • Barbara Peyton
  • Susie Peyton
  • Mark and Leslie Platshon
  • Verity and Geoff Powell
  • Maggie Pringle
  • Pamala Pritchard
  • Carly Rhodes
  • Marion Rhyne
  • Richard Ro
  • Kathleen Roeder
  • Lisa Rosenthal
  • George and Lynn Rossmann
  • Collette Rudd
  • Susan Sasek
  • Francesca Segre
  • Susan and Richard Seiler
  • Jane Shang
  • Ted Shen
  • Jeanne Sole
  • Anngi and Roland Strick
  • Megan Swift
  • Nisha Thatte-Potter and John Potter of the Charitable Gift Fund
  • The Federated Women’s Club of San Carlos
  • Cathy and Dave Tokic
  • Nathalie and William Trevor
  • Wendy Tukloff
  • Donna and Garrett Wada
  • Jackie Walker and Ernest Chilberg
  • Jacqueline Ward
  • Lai Webster
  • Cheryl and Clark Westmont
  • Elizabeth White
  • Lizabeth Whiteley
  • Margaret and Mike Williams
  • Flo Oy Wong
  • Yahoo, Inc. of the The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Douglas Yoshinaga

Under $100

  • Cris Adair
  • Mia Alioto
  • AmazonSmile Foundation
  • Sue Aquipel
  • Barbara Arena
  • David Armstrong
  • Hannah Baker
  • Patricia A. Baker
  • John Barnes
  • Trudy Barnes
  • Lisa Barr
  • Jost Baum
  • Brandon Benincasa of YourCause
  • Catherine Bensi
  • Lisa Bernstein
  • Judy and Roland Bianchi
  • Daina Block
  • Eric Bohren
  • Susan Campbell
  • Susan Campo
  • Tiffany Cao
  • Leslie and John Chiaverini
  • Irene Chow
  • Sonia Chun
  • Kristina Cohen
  • Laurie Coulter
  • Amy Cramer and Scott McGaraghan
  • Geri Crane
  • Tom Crawford
  • Kirsten Crum
  • Mirta Degastaldi-Ortiz
  • Flora Demars-Owens
  • Colleen Devlin
  • Christina Dikas
  • Helen Dolan
  • Julie Duffield
  • Abram Ellison
  • Cyrile Ellison
  • Sydney Ellison
  • Cheryl Enright
  • Denise and Vince Falzon
  • Julia Feng
  • Nathalee Ghafouri
  • Christie and Chad Giacomozzi
  • Marcia Ginsburg
  • Linda Goldman
  • Janelle Graves
  • Nancy Greenberg
  • Jordan Grimes
  • Mara Grimes
  • Sherry Haber
  • Maricris Hansen
  • Michele Harkov
  • Lynn Hawley
  • Janet Spike Hayes
  • Hannah Heller
  • Bob Herzog
  • Terry Hewins
  • Marian and Tom Hill
  • Marilyn Hohbach
  • Michele Horner through The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Susan Hughes
  • Lena Hunter
  • Mark Interrante
  • Judy Jang
  • Marianne Jett
  • Suman Kahlon and Vinay Kalra
  • Dave Karnell
  • Robert Karnell
  • Kasumisou LLC
  • Ingrid Katz
  • Laura Kaufman
  • Sarah Kelsey
  • Farzaneh Khadem
  • Kristina King
  • Gabrielle Korte
  • Cara Kuroda
  • Pamela Landes
  • Anne Lansdon
  • Victoria Lau
  • Rick Lawlor
  • Cherry Li
  • Valerie Liberty
  • Elise Liddle
  • Mary Lindmeier
  • Whitney Liu
  • Susan Lobalzo
  • Audra Loftman
  • Rhonda and John Luongo
  • Catherine Lush
  • Erica Lyons
  • Melanie Macdonald
  • Keli Mayfield
  • Martha McDaniel
  • Lynda McNally
  • Mary Ann Michaels
  • Colleen Mooney
  • Stephanie Morey
  • Anapaula Muniz-Trboljevac
  • Sayoko Mura
  • Ruchi Murlidhar
  • John Murphy
  • Caroline Mustard
  • Alicia Myers
  • Michele and Chris Nadan
  • Dean and Barbara Nelson
  • Elizabeth Noerdlinger
  • Mercedes Northern
  • Natalie O’Connor
  • Patricia and Kevin O’Connor
  • Katie O’Malley
  • Emily Ocon
  • Kelly OConnor
  • Adria Olender
  • Isila Oliver
  • Holly Ornelas
  • Rachel Ostrom
  • Annapaula Pacheco Brazil
  • Lauren Pachkowski
  • Casaundra Padilla
  • Kimberly and Ed Pavicich
  • Chris Pavicich
  • PayPal Giving Fund
  • Henk Pechler of the The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Dannette Peltier
  • Marion Pippard
  • Julie Prosper
  • Mariell Rahmani
  • Chuck and Judy Rino
  • Danyelle Roberts
  • Margaret and Duane Roberts
  • Amelie Romeo-Lhermine
  • Rick Rosenthal
  • Kelsey Rothrock
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  • Dorothy Saxe
  • Secretary Press
  • Nancy Seeger
  • Robin Seiden
  • Christine Sennett
  • Carolyn Shea
  • Gail Sines
  • Shelley Smith
  • Sarah Sorensen
  • Mark Stephens and Judi Bauerlein
  • Tina Stromsted
  • Kelli Suchy
  • Aimee Swanson
  • Judith Thompson
  • Amy Travers
  • Sylvia Tso
  • Sumit Vishwakarma
  • Tamara Wall
  • Michelle Wantuch
  • Clare Warner
  • David Wartman, Jr.
  • Waxwing Wine Cellars Inc.
  • Shannon Webb
  • Eva Weppner
  • Jay Whitehill
  • Keith Whitman
  • George Wilkinson
  • Max Wintermark
  • Shelley and Matt Winters
  • YourCause
  • Elsie Yu
  • Nancy Yuen
  • Kathleen Yurechko
  • Grace and Steve Zales

In Kind Donations

  • Adobe
  • Mindi Bach
  • Victor Bittorf
  • Ed Canty Jr.
  • Mark Cason
  • Constant Contact
  • Vernon Davis
  • Yash Gandi
  • Jim Garrison
  • Cheryl Glaiser
  • Google AdWords
  • Grays Paint Menlo Park
  • K & L Wine Merchants
  • Kelly Moore Paints
  • Kersey Glass Works
  • Mary Ann Michaels
  • Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Palo Alto Almanac
  • Palo Alto Weekly
  • Papa’s Pilar Rum
  • Jana Paquette
  • Jen and Dino Perazzo
  • Salesforce
  • Denise and Woody Shackleton
  • Shutterfly, Inc.
  • Peter Tibbitts
  • Amy Tucker
  • Weston Hotel Palo Alto
  • White Oak Floral Shoppe
  • University Art
  • VPTax

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

  • In Honor of Judy Sleeth
    Celia Walker
  • In Honor of Cathy Tokic
    Cynthia Becker
  • In Honor of Trudy Barnes
    Dorothy Lenehan
  • In Honor of Anne Campbell
    Fat Tire Foundation
  • In Honor of Heather Macdonald
    Lynne and Dan Russell
  • In Honor of Karen and Ed Canty
    Martha and Mark Greenough
  • In Honor of Ana Golubovski
    Mary Begonia
  • In Honor of Manuelito Biag
    Mary Hofstedt
  • In Honor of Anne Down
    Maxine Bonnette
  • In Honor of Karen Canty
    Mei-Hsia Tan
  • In Honor of Jim Garrison
    Patricia Stone and Charles Ortenberg
  • In Honor of William Patton
    Robin Schutte
  • In Honor of Adrienne Weiss
    Robin Weiss
  • In Honor of Anne Dauer
    Suzanne Legallet Chartiable Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • In Honor of Mary Alice Bowie
    Twila and Clayton Woods
  • In Memory of Dilly and Marie Ah Tye
    Lisa and Steve Tsuruoka
  • In Memory of Henry and Lily Tsuruoka
    Lisa and Steve Tsuruoka
  • In Memory of Larry Chun
    Lisa and Steve Tsuruoka
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